The Bicentennial Birthday Bash Show!


The Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and The Strand, out of an abundance of caution in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, have decided to postpone the Bicentennial Birthday Bash and this Show. Stay tuned for a reschedule date!

THE BICENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY BASH SHOW is the culminating event of the Bicentennial Birthday Bash in Rockland – a day full of fun, free family activities hosted by the Strand Theatre, the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art! The presentation at the Strand will include Penobscot storyteller John Bear Mitchell, Maine tourism commercials created by the Ash Point Community School's 4th grade class, and a short documentary made up of interviews filmed that morning at the Farnsworth. The event will also include the unveiling of the muralized sculpture created that day at CMCA's Art Lab. Admission is free and the event is geared for all ages.

More information about the full day’s schedule can be found at the Farnsworth website


John Bear Mitchell Bio

John Bear Mitchell is a citizen of the Penobscot Nation from Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the University of Maine System Office Native American Waiver and Educational Program Coordinator, University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator, as well as, a Lecturer of Wabanaki Studies and Multicultural Studies at the University of Maine in Orono. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards throughout the state with missions based on Maine’s Wabanaki people. For 15 years John visited schools in Maine as a Maine Touring Artist delivering an Arts in Education program. During that time, he visited over 150 schools. While working his way through college, he toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He presented a traditional and contemporary program in Native American Stories and Song. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal-sponsored awareness videos, independent film, HBO Lionsgate TV, and many documentaries with topics on Maine’s Native People.

The Bicentennial Birthday Bash in Rockland is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial commission. 

Show Dates & Times:

3/14/20 - Saturday

5:00 pm,

Free Admission

Doors at 4:30pm

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